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The top-ranked fighter in the 57-kilogram weight class, Matsumoto looks to bounce back from the disappointment of a semifinal loss at last year's worlds by bringing home Olympic gold. Last August, she was denied a second consecutive world championship by eventual champion Aiko Sato. However, Matsumoto has rebounded well this season, winning the Masters title and a Düsseldorf stop by going undefeated in nine matches. She was downright dominant in 2010, winning all 33 matches en route to six tournament titles, highlighted by first-place finishes at the worlds and Asian Games. Matsumoto has performed well against what's expected to be her primary competition in London _ Sato and Portugal's Telma Monteiro. She's won nine of 12 head-to-head matches against the pair, and defeated Monteiro to win her 2010 world title. Matsumoto has three go-to moves: the kosoto gari, the sode tsuri komi goshi _ a hip throw _ and newaza, which is a form of ground grappling.
JOC cuts funding to judo program
The Japanese Olympic Committee has cut funding for the All Japan Judo Federation and ordered it to take preventive measures as punishment for coachesâ€™ abusive training of female judokas.
Japan: Coach used violence on athletes
Japan's judo federation says head coach Ryuji Sonoda used violence against athletes at a training camp prior to the London Olympics.
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Masato Uchishiba, a two-time gold medalist in judo, pleads innocent to rape charge in Japan.
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